2010 Volvo C30 1.6D DRIVe: one of the greenest car on the market

Article by Christian A., on September 16, 2009

One of the vehicles that made a mark at the Frankfurt Motor Show was the new 2010 Volvo C30 DRIVe. It is powered by a 1.6-liter diesel engine with Start/Stop technology. It consumes only 3.8 liters of diesel fuel per 100 km and it emits only 99 grams of carbon dioxide per km. On a single tank (52 liters) of diesel, the car is able to cover a distance of 1,380 kilometers.

For these reasons, the new 2010 Volvo C30 DRIVe is one of the best hatchbacks on the market, according to Peter Ewerstrand, head of carbon dioxide-related issues at Volvo Cars. The new 2010 Volvo C30 DRIVe – tuned to deliver a still significant 109 PS of max output -- is road tax exempt under current regulations.

The intelligent Start/Stop function in the 1.6-liter diesel engine of the 2010 Volvo C30 DRIVe is put into action the gear lever is placed into neutral and the clutch is released while at a standstill. As soon as the clutch is depressed, the engine automatically starts up again.

This Start/Stop technology can fuel consumption – as well as carbon dioxide emissions -- by between 4 percent and 5 percent in mixed driving conditions. Interestingly, Start/Stop technology is much effective in urban traffic, as fuels saving can reach 8 percent.

The facelift of C30 is a lot of different, than the previous model. The car gets entire new front and remodeling of every single part, including the front wings. The Volvo C30 is distinctive from the Volvo S40 and Volvo V50.

The updates to the new C30 consist of a new larger iron mark in the middle of the grille just as in the rest of the Volvo range. The larger air intake resembles that of the XC60 and the grille has a unique new pattern.

The enhancements done to the C30 are in line with Volvo Cars’ design strategy but it has an expression all its very own too.. Fedde Talsma, Exterior Chief Designer at Volvo Cars, points to the new honeycomb pattern in the grille as what makes the Volvo C30 to be easily distinguishable.

Overall, the new 2010 Volvo C30 can be availed with a choice of seven engines -- three petrol and four diesel mills. The petrol range includes 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (100 PS), 2.0-liter four-cylinder mill (145 PS) and a five-cylinder T5 unit (230 PS). The diesel range includes four-cylinder 1.6D DRIVe engine (109 PS), a four-cylinder 1.6 D2 unit (115 PS), a five-cylinder 2.0 D3 mill (150 PS) and a five-cylinder 2.0 D4 engine (177 PS).

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